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Man Charged With Murder After Reports Of A Stabbing At Homeless Camp

Police in Yreka are investigating a murder in a homeless camp. Last Wednesday afternoon officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the Yreka Creek Greenway north of Oberlin Road. They were told that the suspect was a man named Noah, and as they were driving in to the scene on the walking path they came across 20-year-old Noah William Smith covered in blood, and he was detained. At the camp officers found 53-year-old Joseph Wesley Hendricks on the ground with his face bloody. He could only moan and was unable to speak to provide any information. Hendricks was transported to Fairchild Medical Center and later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Redding with severe head trauma. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday and Smith’s assault charges were upgraded to murder.